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The city is a popular tourist destination, serving as a gateway to the state of Queensland, particularly to the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, popular resort areas immediately south and north of Brisbane, respectively.Several large cultural, international and sporting events have been held at Brisbane, including the 1982 Commonwealth Games, World Expo '88, the final Goodwill Games in 2001, and the 2014 G-20 summit.This article is about the metropolitan area of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.For the local government area, see City of Brisbane.Sir Thomas Brisbane visited the settlement and travelled 28 miles up the Brisbane River in December 1824, bestowing upon Brisbane the distinction of being the only Australian capital city set foot upon by its namesake.German missionaries settled at Zions Hill, Nundah as early as 1837, five years before Brisbane was officially declared a free settlement.Mac Arthur had previously rejected use of the University of Queensland complex as his headquarters, as the distinctive bends in the river at St Lucia could have aided enemy bombers.Also used as a headquarters by the American troops during World War II was the T & G Building.
The newly selected Brisbane region, at the time, was plagued by mosquitos.
He formed additional outstations and made several important journeys of exploration.
He is also infamous for his extreme use of the Cat o' nine tails on convicts.
Despite steady growth, Brisbane's development was punctuated by infrastructure problems.
The State government under Joh Bjelke-Petersen began a major program of change and urban renewal, beginning with the central business district and inner suburbs.